You might not associate bow ties with Alton Brown, but you haven't seen some of his more recent TV shows. In his latest video, he shows us how to pick a good-looking bow tie and how to tie one easily.
The full video is worth watching, especially if you don't already own bow ties or think they are only meant to be worth with a tuxedo (he goes out of his way to highlight more than a few classy gentlemen who often wore bow ties without looking like circus performers). Alton walks through common styles of bow ties, from the standard bow to the Jackson to the ever-sharp batwing tie.
If you're not sure what size bow tie to get, the simple equation to remember is to take your neck size (same as you'd use for collared shirts), double it and add two inches (5cm).
From there, he explains that tying a bow tie is a lot like tying a shoe. It's difficult to describe in text, but Alton walks you through each step in the video, complete with close-ups so you can see exactly what to do with your hands. Of course, mastering the bow tie requires practice, so you'll only get there if you own one to try out.
How to Tie a Bow Tie [Alton Brown]